Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Longtime Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges received an avalanche of praise and applause during a ceremonial send-off at the Eagan City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Eagan City Councilors struggled to keep their composure during a ceremonial send-off on Tuesday night for departing Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges, who is retiring after 36 years of service to the city. "If nobody makes the motion to adjourn or seconds it, he has to stay here forever, doesn’t he?" Eagan City Councilor Paul Bakken joked at the tail end of Tuesday night's meeting—Hedges' last in the role of city administrator. Laughter, nostalgia and emotion blended together during the lengthy ceremony as the council and city officials took their turns honoring Hedges, the city's first and only administrator since Eagan was incorporated…
Monday, January 14, 2013
The four finalists include the current city administrators of Hastings and Waconia, an assistant city administrator in Sioux City and a West Coast consultant.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us City officials have narrowed the field in their search for a replacement for outgoing Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges. After receiving 39 applications for the position, city officials working with Twin Cities recruitment firm Brimeyer Fursman selected four finalists for the job. The Eagan City Council will interview the candidates on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 and the city will hold an informal public reception for the finalists at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Eagan Community Center. The finalists include Susan Arntz, the current city administrator of Waconia; Matthew S. Fulton, an organizational consultant in California; current …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Longtime Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges is retiring in several weeks, and Eagan city officials are searching for a replacement.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the city of Eagan. The city of Eagan invites members of the public to an informal opportunity to meet and greet the candidates vying to be the next Eagan City Administrator. Current and longtime Administrator Tom Hedges will be retiring in coming weeks. On Thursday, January 17, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. there will be a brief opportunity for local residents and business and community leaders to chat with the candidates in the Oaks Banquet Room at the Eagan Community Center. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. There is no formal program.
Friday, November 30, 2012
A ceremony will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Eagan's city hall for the retiring city official.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the city of Eagan. For those wishing to honor Gene VanOverbeke for his 31 years of service to the city of Eagan as head of Finance and Administrative Services, there is a reception in the Eagan Room at City Hall from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. The program will be at 4 p.m. Residents are encouraged to stop by an thank Mr. VanOverbeke for his faithful service to the city of Eagan and its taxpayers for maintaining one of the lowest spending rates in MN of any city with more than 50,000 residents. Eagan City Hall is located at 3830 Pilot Knob Road, at the corner of Wescott and Pilot…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Coach Steve Van Dyne told parents he plans to retire so that he can spend time cheering on his own daughter, an avid swimmer.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us After 16 years supporting the Eagan High School girls swim team, Coach Steve Van Dyne is leaving to cheer on his own daughter, who will start her high school swimming career next fall. Van Dyne announced his retirement in an email to high school parents last week. Van Dyne, a former collegiate swimmer at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., took the coaching job in Eagan in 1997, after serving as the Richfield High School boys swimming coach and in local club programs. "My oldest daughter is going to swim high school next year and I can't imagine not being able to watch her compete," Van Dyne wrote in his email. "While this …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
After 36 years, Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges has announced his retirement. Here's what he had to say about his job, and the future of the city.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Eagan Patch sat down last week with departing Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges, who plans to retire next February after 36 years in his role. Hedges, whose first experience with the public sector came as a teenager, when his mother worked as a deputy city clerk, had plenty to say about his job, the city's future and being "the godfather" of city administration in Minnesota. This interview has been edited for length. Patch: Looking back on those 36 years in Eagan, what would you say has been the most fulfilling aspect of your job? Hedges: The third paragraph of my [retirement] letter talks about bricks and mortar and projects and all …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
City Administrator Tom Hedges, one of the city's "founding fathers", will leave a lasting legacy, according to Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us After plenty of jokes and a few emotional moments, longtime Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges—widely considered one of the city's most influential leaders—announced at Wednesday's Eagan City Council meeting that he plans to retire in early 2013. Hedges, Eagan's first and only city administrator, was hired in 1976 at the age of 27 and has served for 36 years as the city's highest appointed official. Before coming to Eagan, he was employed as the city administrator of St. Peter. After accepting Hedges' retirement notice, the Eagan City Council approved a $12,900-plus-expenses contract with recruitment firm Brimeyer Fursman to assist in the …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
After a tumultuous year, School District 191 Superintendent Randall Clegg announced that he would retire at the end of this school year.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter |Blog for us Monday, officials at the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District announced that Superintendent Randall Clegg would cede the reins at the end of this school year, on June 30. The announcement comes just weeks after the Board of Education gave Clegg mixed marks on his annual review. Clegg is a Milwaukee native. He has served in public education for 35 years, 28 as superintendent. According to a Star Tribune article in 2008, he began his career in 1978, after graduating with a bachelor's in music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He started as a band director at the DeSoto Area School District in Wisconsin. From there he moved to …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Darwitz was a "knowledgeable, passionate" coach with a great love for the program, according to Eagan High School Athletic Director Sandra Setter.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Eagan High School Girls Hockey Coach Scott Darwitz' 15-year tenure at the high school has come to an end, according to EHS Athletic Director Sandra Setter. Darwitz, who announced his retirement earlier this summer, served first as an assistant coach for the girls' program, before moving into the head coaching position, Setter said. "Coach Darwitz has been involved with the program for most of the time the programs been here, maybe all of it," Setter said. "He has had a huge impact. He gave his all to the program." Darwitz didn't return phone calls seeking comment. Setter said the high school is actively searching for a replacement, and will likely …
Monday, August 20, 2012
After 28 years with the Eagan Police Department, investigator Doug Matteson retired last week.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter After 28 years as an Eagan police officer, Doug Matteson knows a few things about police work. And if there's one essential thing an officer must have, it's compassion, Matteson believes. “Police officers—by definition—are supposed to be strong, and the pillars of their community. They feel no pain, and don't show emotion," Matteson said. "But in my opinion that’s a bad cop, because we have the same emotions, wants and desires as you do. "[Compassion] will definitely produce results, pure and simple," Matteson said. "People will talk to you, people will open up to you." Matteson, who retired from the Eagan Police Department last week, was hired by the …